Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski nominated Leonard Howie III to become the county’s director of Economic and Workforce Development. The nomination is subject to approval by the county council.
Howie is the former secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR).
He also served under President Obama as director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. Howie led the fifth largest agency in the department and created strategies that supported workers after they became sick or injured.
In his new role with Baltimore County, Howie will lead the efforts to improve workforce development, attract and retain businesses, and expand the county’s economy. He will also lead the county’s efforts to assist workers and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“During these challenging times, we need experienced, team-oriented leaders, and Leonard brings an impressive track record and the passion we need to support our families and continue building our economy,” Olszewski said in a statement.